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For most tourists to Peru and also South America, a trip to the Inca city of Machu Picchu is the anxiously-awaited best moment of their expedition. In an impressive setting, it is an outstanding archaeological location on the continent. In the middle of a tropical mountain forest located on the eastern hills of the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu’s terraces, stairways, walls, and ramps blend flawlessly into its natural background. When you take your trip, then, what should you NOT pack for Machu Picchu?

Leave These Behind When You Pack for Machu Picchu

  • A lot of money – Even though it is worth carrying a small amount of cash for emergency purposes with you, never overdo it. The ATMs are readily accessible in the nearby towns in the neighborhood of Machu Picchu. Since they tend to charge a fee, it is important to get a few days cash ahead of your trip. If for one reason or the other the ATMs are not functioning local hotels tend to offer cash back services on your debit or credit card at a small fee.
  • Heavy Books – When planning to pack for your Machu Picchu tour you ought to think about your how you will freely move around. There is a lot of moving around involved at high altitude, and you will definitely be disappointed because packing anything unnecessary and bulky such as books. This is where your eBook reader such as Kindle comes in handy if you absolutely must have something to read.
  • Needless Electronics – Only a few places are more mysterious or magical than Machu Picchu. Go for the Machu Picchu expedition by bringing what you only require. This will not only be effortless to carry around; there will be as well less to worry about getting lost, broken or stolen. Take with you just what is necessary for the tour.
  • Bulky Clothes – You want to bring the essentials (see our packing guide to determine what those are), but don’t overdue it. You don’t need to be dressing as if you’re going to a fashion show… and, in fact, you shouldn’t, since there are specific types of layers appropriate for hiking. Make sure you pack only the types of clothing and shoes that you need for the trip to save space.

To learn more about what to NOT pack for Machu Picchu, get in touch with Alpaca Expeditions. Alpaca Expeditions is a Peruvian travel operator with a main office in located in Cusco, Peru, and we are the top-rated tour operators of the Inca Trail.


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